Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing not only provides a diagnosis, it allows for earlier detection, timelier quarantine, accuracy in positive case reporting, treatments and more responsive contact tracing. In addition, testing leads to the early identification of outbreaks in neighborhoods, workplaces, and shared living situations.
Who Should Get Tested?
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or anyone who has been exposed to the virus should get tested. If you think you need to get tested:
- Call your doctor and ask if your primary care clinic is providing testing. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, call 211.
- Complete an online health screening assessment and a licensed health practitioner will contact you.
- Find a local community testing site. Testing at these sites are provided at no cost. Some locations may require a doctor’s note or appointment to receive a test. Find additional information about COVID-19 testing locations on TestUpMKE.
While waiting for test results, take steps to keep yourself and others safe and follow recommendations to self-quarantine and self-monitor in order to protect yourself and your community.
How Long Does It Take to Get Results?
Some viral tests are point-of-care tests with results available at a testing site in less than an hour. Other tests must be sent to a laboratory and results are available 1-3 days after received by the lab. Some areas are experiencing a high demand for testing, which may cause a delay in processing tests and providing results.
(Sources: CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)